As I noted in my previous post, I spent a very nice week and a half relaxing and enjoying the Christmas holiday. As part of that I read an awful lot of right wing and sort of right wing commentary. And it occurred to me that things are definitely looking up on our side of the blogosphere. Christmas Eve I watched the beginning of this five hour (!) set of interviews.
The host Stefan Molyneux has a series of videos where he interviews people about politics, philosophy, religion and life. Ostensibly this series of interviews are about Christmas. But that’s a jumping off point in some cases to discuss the year just passed and the new year coming up. If you are not familiar with most of these people then I’ll say that they are spread across a continuum of ideologies starting on the left at about what used to pass for a liberal (but now would be too mild for the left today) all the way to some pretty hard core alt-right types. Happily, for me, none of them here have joined the goose-stepping lunatics that abut this political neighborhood a little too closely for comfort. But they are all unapologetic in their scorn for social justice warriors, America-haters and other lefty lunatic types that reflexively attack all things normal and good. Some of them are not Trump fans, others came around by the end and some were predicting his win a year, ago. But all of them are part of the new media. They have cast their lot with the new way of reaching the people. They run their own businesses and have their own audiences and get paid for telling a side of the story that the main stream media doesn’t tell. They are more interesting and more relevant than most of what Fox provides and a thousand times better than the nonsense on CNN, ABC, NBC or CBS. It’s very hard to predict if any of these folks will survive the brutal competition that exists in the media environment today. I hope they do. They inject humor and wit and points of view that aren’t permitted to exist on the network shows. And interestingly they seem to be plugged into some of the trends that everyone else missed this year. If that fact indicates a better grasp on what really will be happening in the near future, then maybe they’ll thrive. I recommend that if you’re interested in what different voices are saying about our changing world then look around and see what’s going on. You may be pleasantly surprised. After all these are the deplorables that that Hillary warned us about and you remember how well that worked out for her!